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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Author's Purpose Questions

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Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.8.6

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Why does the author share Cassius Clay's encounter with a police officer when he was 12?
  1. To describe where he grew up
  2. To show that he was a violent child
  3. To explain how he got his start as a boxer
  4. To share why he appreciates police officers
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.8.6, RST.6-8.6

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The author shared what Incan people believed about the red moon. Why did the author share this information?
  1. to provide a logical explanation for the appearance of the red moon
  2. to explain how people's understanding of the red moon has changed over time
  3. to introduce a story about the history of the red moon
  4. to show how rare the red moon really is
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.8.6, RST.6-8.6

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The author opens the passage with a question. The purpose of this question is to:
  1. get readers to think back to their childhood art skills.
  2. explain why the sun looks like a yellow circle.
  3. introduce instruction on how to draw the sun.
  4. provide a contrast for the actual composition of the sun.
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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Why does the author reference Serena's injuries?
  1. to describe a low point in her career
  2. to show how she has overcome obstacles
  3. to support why she is no longer a strong player
  4. to explain that she is so good she can win despite being injured
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.8.5

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What is the purpose of paragraph 7?
  1. to explain why nettles are weeds
  2. to describe the effects of nettle poison
  3. to show the importance of nettles in medicine
  4. to share why nettles are useful
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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What is the purpose of the passage as a whole?
  1. to describe different types of weeds
  2. to talk about nettles
  3. to highlight poisonous plants
  4. to share an opinion about weeds
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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Why does the author include information about nettles in India?
  1. to highlight another type of nettle
  2. to describe how much a nettle's sting hurts
  3. to contrast with the sting of an ordinary nettle
  4. to explain why you shouldn't run cold water on a sting
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RL.8.5

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Why does the author include the first chapter of "The Prince and the Pauper"?
  1. To introduce two clear classes of people
  2. To describe the prince in detail
  3. To provide an overview of life in London
  4. To introduce and contrast the two main characters
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.8.6

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What is one thing both passages have in common?
  1. Both share negative opinions about Mao Zedong
  2. Both share positive opinions about Mao Zedong
  3. Both fail to show both sides of the issue
  4. Both fail to include supporting details
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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What is the purpose of the speech?
  1. To explain what happened during the attack on Pearl Harbor
  2. To declare war on Japan
  3. To describe the strength of the Armed Forces
  4. To summarize the war with Japan
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RL.8.6

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How does the author of passage 2 distance himself from the critique?
  1. He attributes the negative ideas to others
  2. He says he has no opinion on the leader
  3. He argues in favor of the leader
  4. He includes his own opinions and beliefs
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.8.6

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What is the tone of the speech?
  1. Anger
  2. Despair
  3. Pride
  4. Strength
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.8, RI.8.4, RI.8.8

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Why does the speaker repeat the words "last night"?
  1. To draw attention to the negative actions of Japan
  2. To make the speech flow better
  3. To show action that will be taken against Japan
  4. To quickly cover what happened
Grade 8 Author's Purpose
Author's intent is:
  1. what the author is trying to prove
  2. the combination of author's purpose and author's claim
  3. to persuade, entertain, or inform
  4. why the author is arguing a certain side
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.9, CCRA.W.9, RI.8.9, W.8.9, W.8.9b

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Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.W.9, RL.8.1, W.8.9, W.8.9b

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Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.9, RI.8.9

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Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.9, CCRA.W.9, RI.8.9, W.8.9, W.8.9b

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